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2023 Book Review: Right Now I’m Happy

by Tam Chronin

A Poetry, Independently Published in 2020, 101 Pages 

What I Didn’t Like:

  • The blank pages aren’t my favorite but I’m being picky and it was completely a formatting thing.
  • The formatting of starting each line with a capital isn’t my preference but it’s a minor formatting thing and ultimately doesn’t matter.
  • There are a few poems that change their own patterns. I would’ve liked to see them keep the pattern. 

What I Did Like:

  • That foreword is perfection. It was just perfect proof that this was the type of book I was in the mood for. Raw and real, my two favorite adjectives to describe poetry. 
  • Some poems are gut-punches of emotion that surprise you (Missing, for example). Some are beautifully spaced to occupy the page (So Well). There are just some excellent examples of why I love poetry in this collection! 
  • Favorites from this collection include Twisted Echoes, Festival of Twilight, and The Maze. 

Who Should Read This One:

  • Poetry fans, obviously. There’s a lot here to appreciate from raw emotion to white space attention. 
  • If you’re new to poetry but want to experience the emotional connection of a collection, I’d recommend this one. It’s not pretentious or overly ambitious. Instead, this one is easy to connect with and will leave the reader feeling seen and heard. 

My Rating: 4 Stars

  • Overall, a well done collection!

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